The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon / Edition 1

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Now available in paper, The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter is the first book-length analysis of J. K. Rowling's work from a broad range of perspectives within literature, folklore, psychology, sociology, and popular culture. A significant portion of the book explores the Harry Potter series' literary ancestors, including magic and fantasy works by Ursula K. LeGuin, Monica Furlong, Jill Murphy, and others, as well as previous works about the British boarding school experience. Other chapters explore the moral and ethical dimensions of Harry's world, including objections to the series raised within some religious circles. In her new epilogue, Lana A. Whited brings this volume up to date by covering Rowling's latest book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Whited] has brought together an impressive array of scholarship to address the phenomenon that is Harry Potter. . . . From historical literary cousins to socio-political interpretations of the series' setting, from textual comparisons to fan club communities, the essays span a wide range of scholarly perspectives. . . . This is an exciting and substantial contribution to early scholarship about an important body of literary work."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter will be indispensable to those interested in the larger literary and sociological issues raised in and around these books."—Mythprint

"The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter will be indispensable to those interested in the larger literary and sociological issues raised in and around these books."—Mythprint

"A highly scholarly and insightful text, offering new perceptions on beloved favorites, The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter is a welcome addition to Literary Criticism reference collections and highly recommended for scholars and non-specialist general readers who enjoy J. K. Rowling's . . . canon of deftly written and increasingly influential fantasy."—Midwest Book Review

Whited's collection of lively, well-written essays heightens appreciation of a classic in the making, addressing the international phenomenon of J. K. Rowling's books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826215499
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 744,905
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lana A. Whited is Professor of English at Ferrum College in Virginia and a DuPont Instructional Technology Center Fellow.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Harry Potter : from craze to classic? 1
I Harry's cousins in the magical realm
Harry Potter and the secret password : finding our way in the magical genre 15
The education of a wizard : Harry Potter and his predecessors 27
II Harry's roots in epic, myth, and folklore
In Medias Res : Harry Potter as hero-in-progress 53
Of magicals and muggles : reversals and revulsions at Hogwarts 67
Harry Potter : fairy tale prince, real boy, and archetypal hero 89
III Harry's other literary relatives
Harry Potter and the extraordinariness of the ordinary 125
Harry Potter, Tom Brown, and the British school story : lost in transit? 140
IV Greater than gold in Gringotts : questions of authority and values
Crowning the king : Harry Potter and the construction of authority 159
What would Harry do? : J. K. Rowling and Lawrence Kohlberg's theories of moral development 182
V Gender issues and Harry Potter
Hermione Granger and the heritage of gender 211
Locating Harry Potter in the "boys' book" market 243
VI Harry's language " taking issue with words
You say "jelly," I say "Jell-O"? Harry Potter and the transfiguration of language 261
Harry Potter and the Tower of Babel : translating the magic 285
VII Commodity and culture in the world of Harry Potter
Specters of Thatcherism : contemporary British culture in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series 305
Harry Potter and the technology of magic 329
Apprentice wizards welcome : fan communities and the culture of Harry Potter 343
Epilogue : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 365
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